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Trucks at highway guardrail where hillside has slid and compromised road condition on Highway 3A in the MD of Pincher Creek

MD of Pincher Creek road warning

The MD of Pincher Creek advised this morning that a section of the Airport Road (Highway 3A) by South Fork has failed and the embankment has slid four to six feet.

Road width has been reduced to a single lane and speed reduced to 50 km/hr. Traffic heading west yields to traffic heading east.

The road edge is being monitored daily.

Saddle bronc rider K's Thomson on front page of Nov. 8, 2023 issue of Shootin' the Breeze.

November 8, 2023 – Shootin’ the Breeze

Special delivery for K’s Thomson

K’s Thomson of Lundbreck scored 84.75 for this ride on Special Delivery at Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer last Thursday. See the story of his successful week on page 6. | CFR Photo by Chantelle Bowman

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Wanted man Randall Hopley. Dark hair, light skin, hazel eyes, grimace.

Randall Hopley on the run

Vancouver Police Department has issued a Canada-wide warrant for Randall Hopley, who signed out of his halfway house Saturday afternoon and didn’t return. Police say Hopley removed his monitoring bracelet and disappeared.

Many will remember the frantic search for Kienan Hebert in September 2011. The three-year-old was abducted from his Sparwood home while his family slept.

After a multiday manhunt, Hopley returned the toddler to his home without physical harm. No one was home at the time — the family returned to find Kienan there after receiving a phone tip. The boy had been held captive in an abandoned cabin in the Crowsnest Pass area for four days.

RCMP captured Hopley there to put the ordeal to rest.

Hopley was charged with kidnapping, abducting a person under 16, and breaking and entering with intent to commit a crime. He received a sentence of six years and two months for Kienan’s abduction and another year for his property crimes. 

On his release in 2018, Vancouver police issued a public warning that Hopley posed a significant risk of reoffending. He was under a 10-year supervision order, which included restrictions on being in the presence of children under the age of 16, computer use, and adherence to a curfew. He also is banned from possession of firearms for life.

The 58-year-old high-risk sex offender was expected to appear in court Monday for two counts of breaching his long-term supervision order after he was allegedly spotted near children at a public library in the city earlier this year.

Hopley has been convicted of a number of crimes including assault, property crimes, sexual crimes (including three against children) and abduction.

Hopley is five feet nine inches and weighs about 180 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes, and often wears a beard. When last seen he was dressed all in black, including a black hat.

Anyone who sees Randall Hopley is advised to call 911 immediately.

 

Table setting of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

 

Bradi Whiteside, wearing light blue shirt, jeans and a light-coloured cowboy hat over long blonde hair, rides her horse around a barrel.

Strong showing by SW Alberta rodeo athletes at CFR

The lights are down on the 49th edition of Canadian Finals Rodeo and southwestern Alberta can boast an excellent showing by local cowboy K’s Thomson of Lundbreck, Bradi Whiteside of Longview, Shaya Biever of Claresholm, Ty Taypotat on Nanton and others from southwestern Alberta.

K’s Thomson – saddle bronc

He saved the best for last. After a roller-coaster day at CFR on Saturday, where he scored his best and worst times of the first five rounds, K’s Thomson rode Calgary Stampede’s Dandy Delight to a third-place finish in the final round this afternoon.

The 86.25-point ride was worth $4,548.28, which, along with $7,181.50 earned in the first five rounds and $3,231.67 aggregate earnings, brings Thomson’s season total to $31,827.56.

He heads home to Lundbreck with just shy of $15,000 in his pocket and finishes the season in ninth place.

Round 1

Fourth with 84.25 points on Big Stone’s Second Thoughts – $2,154.45

11th in total season earnings with $19,020.45

Round 2

Three-way tie for third with 84.75 points on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery – $1,915.17

Third in the aggregate with 169 points

11th in total season earnings with $20,935.62

Round 3

Fifth with 84.75 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Xena Warrior – $957.53

Third in the aggregate with 253.75 points

10th in total season earnings with $21,893.16

Round 4

Fourth with 86 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Give or Take – $2,154.45

Second in the aggregate with 339.75 points

10th in total season earnings with $24,047.61

Round 5

12th with 78.25 points on Outlaw Buckers’ Comeback Red

Fifth in the aggregate with 418 points

10th in total season earnings with $24,047.61

Round 6

Third with 86.25 points on Calgary Stampede’s Dandy Delight

Fourth in the aggregate with 504.25 points in six rides

Ninth in total season earnings with $31,827.56

About K’s

The 24-year-old from Lundbreck turned pro in 2021 and is participating in his third CFR – novice saddle bronc in 2019 and saddle bronc in 2021 and 2023.

He qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $16,966.11 and 11th place in the standings. K’s has recovered from a hip injury and tied for second at his hometown rodeo in Pincher Creek this year.

Outside of pro rodeo, he is a rancher and horse trainer with a special interest in training dogs. His parents, Kirk and Shandel, are former CFR competitors in saddle bronc and barrel racing. Uncles Kyle and Cody Thomson are also former bronc riders.

 

 

Bradi Whiteside – ladies barrels and breakaway roping

Not only is Bradi Whiteside going home with winnings of about $18,000 in barrel racing and $7,200 in breakaway roping, she earned the title of All-Around Women’s Champion.

Bradi’s fifth-place rank in breakaway is unchanged after CFR but she moved up from seventh to six in barrels.

Her second-place in the average for barrels accounts for $10,400 of her prize money.

Round 1 – Barrels

Fourth with 13.88 seconds – $2,154.45

Seventh in total season earnings with $21,396.45

Round 2 – Barrels

Third with 13.98 seconds – $4,548.28

Second in the aggregate with 27.86 seconds in two runs

Seventh in total season earnings with $25,944.98

Round 3 – Barrels

Ninth with 14.29 seconds

Fourth in the aggregate with 42.15 seconds in three runs

Eighth in total season earnings with $36,775.45

Round 4 – Barrels

Sixth with 13.87 seconds

Third in the aggregate with 56.02 seconds in five runs

Eighth in total season earnings with $25,944.98

Round 5 – Barrels

Sixth with 13.92 seconds

Third in the aggregate with 69.94 seconds in five runs

Eighth in total season earnings with $25,944.98

Round 6 – Barrels

Fifth with 13.9 seconds – $957.53

Second in the aggregate with 83.84 seconds in five runs – $10,413.17

Sixth in total season earnings $37,315.68

Round 1 – Breakaway

Third with 2.3 seconds – $3,377.80

Fifth in total season earnings with $17,494.75

Round 2 – Breakaway

No time

Tied for ninth in the aggregate with 2.3 seconds in one 1

Fifth in total season earnings with $17,494.75

Round 3 – Breakaway

Tied for second with 2.0 seconds – $3,800.03

Seventh in the aggregate with 4.3 seconds in two runs

Fifth in total season earnings with $21,294.78

About Bradi

The 21-year-old Longview cowgirl turned pro in 2017 and is participating in her fifth CFR. This includes qualifying for breakaway roping in 2022 and 2023, and in ladies barrel racing from 2021 to 2023.

Bradi qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $14,116 and sixth place in the breakaway roping standings, and $19,242 for seventh in barrels. A highlight of her year was qualifying for the Calgary Stampede in both of her events.

Outside of pro rodeo, Bradi keeps busy as a horse trainer.

Her sister, Kylie Whiteside, is a CFR ’49 competitor in breakaway roping and, like Bradi, is a barrel racer. Their dad, Travis Whiteside was the 1997 Canadian bareback champion.

 

 

Shaya Biever – breakaway roping

Shaya’s first-place aggregate winnings propelled her to highest total earnings in breakaway roping and the champion’s saddle for 2023.

Coming to CFR ranked fifth in her event,  Shaya is going home in top spot and about $9,000 richer.

Round 1 – Breakaway

Fifth with 2.5 seconds – $1,688.90

Fifth in total season earnings with $20,199.73

Round 2 – Breakaway

Tied for first with 2.3 seconds – $4,644.48

First in the aggregate with 4.8 seconds in two runs

Second in total season earnings with $24,844.21

Round 3 – Breakaway

Seventh with 2.8 seconds

First in the aggregate with 7.6 seconds in three runs – $7,599.90

First in total season earnings with $32,444.11

About Shaya

The 23-year-old Claresholm cowgirl turned pro in 2022 and this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo is her second (2022 and 2023).

Shaya qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $18,510.83 and third place in the breakaway roping standings. Highlights of her year include winning rides at the SMS Equipment Pro Tour Finals, Teepee Creek Rodeo and Wainwright Rodeo.

Outside of pro rodeo, Shaya works as a horse trainer with an interest in horse rehabilitation.

Her brother, Logan Biever, is a champion bull rider.

 

 

Ty Taypotat – bareback

With an 87.25-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Fresh Check, Ty Taypotat won Round 4 of bareback riding on Saturday afternoon and had strong scores in all but his fifth-round ride.

Taypotat came into CFR ranked fourth and went out in the same position, with $55,723.23 winnings for the year. 

His round earnings in Red Deer totalled $23,938,33 with an additional $3,231.67 earned for placing fourth in the aggregate.

Round 1

Fifth with 83 points on Calgary Stampede’s Zulu Warrior– $957.53

Fourth in total season earnings with $29,510.53

Round 2

Third with 83.5 points on Duane Kesler Rodeo’s Payday – $4,548.28

Fourth in the aggregate with 166.5 points

Fourth in total season earnings with $34,059.04

Round 3

Second with 87.25 points on Calgary Stampede’s Disco Party – $6,9548.28

Tied for third in the aggregate with 253.75 points

Fifth in total season earnings with $41,001.16

Round 4

First with 87.25 points on Calgary Stampede’s Fresh Check – $9,335.95

Second in the aggregate with 341 points

Fourth in total season earnings with $50,528.77

Round 5

Seventh with 72.5 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Mayhem

Fourth in the aggregate with 413.5 points

Fourth in total season earnings with $50,528.77

Round 6

Fourth with 85 points on Calgary Stampede’s Yippee Kibbitz – $2,154.45

Fourth in the aggregate with 498.50 points – $3,231.67

Fourth in total season earnings with $55,723.23

About Ty

The 31-year-old from Nanton turned pro in 2011 and is participating in his 11th CFR – 2011, 2012, 2014 to 2019 and 2021 to 2023.

Ty qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $28,553.23 and fourth place in the standings. The highlight of his year was getting married.

Outside of pro rodeo, you can find Ty flipping houses with his wife and fixing up the old Cummins.

 

 

 

Logan Bird – tie-down roping

Coming into CFR ranked second in tie-down roping, Logan Bird’s highest finish in six rounds was fourth place. He earned $3,111.98 in the go rounds and another $6,822.42 for third in the aggregate. 

While he dropped from second to fifth for total season earnings, he’s taking home nearly $10,000 for his efforts in Red Deer.

Round 1

Fourth with 9.5 seconds – $2,154.45

Second in total season earnings with $36,775.45

Round 2

Eighth with 10.5 seconds

Fifth in the aggregate with 20 seconds for two calves

Second in total season earnings with $36,775.45

Round 3

Seventh with 13 seconds

Fourth in the aggregate with 33 seconds for three calves

Third in total season earnings with $36,775.45

Round 4

10th with 13.2 seconds

Fourth in the aggregate with 46.2 seconds for four calves

Fourth in total season earnings with $36,775.45

Round 5

Seventh with 10.5 seconds

Third in the aggregate with 56.7 seconds for five calves

Fifth in total season earnings with $36,775.45

Round 6

Fifth with 9.2 seconds – $957.53

Third in the aggregate with 65.9 seconds for six calves – $6,822.42

Fifth in total season earnings with $44,555.40

About Logan

The 29-year-old from Nanton turned pro in 2013 and is participating in his eighth CFR – 2013, 2016 to 2019 and 2021 to 2023.

He qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $34,621 and second place in the standings. Logan won the Falkland, High River and Cranbrook rodeos this year.

Outside of pro rodeo, he is a horse trainer and a big sports fan. His sister, Lakota Bird, is a CFR contestant in breakaway roping.

 

 

Lakota Bird – breakaway roping

Coming into Canadian Finals Rodeo ranked 10th in breakaway roping, Lakota Bird improved her standing to seventh with over $8,000 in go-round and aggregate winnings. She finishes the year with $19,742.41.

Round 1 – Breakaway

Fourth with 2.4 seconds – $2,533.35

Eighth in total season earnings with $14,253.56

Round 2 – Breakaway

10th with 4.4 seconds 

Seventh in the aggregate with 6.8 seconds in two runs

11th in total season earnings with $14,253.56

Round 3 – Breakaway

Fifth with 2.2 seconds – $1,688.90

Fourth in the aggregate with 9.0 seconds in three runs –$3,799.95

Seventh in total season earnings with $19,742.41

About Lakota

The 27-year-old Nanton cowgirl turned pro in 2019 and this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo is her third (2021 to 2023). 

Lakota qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $11,720. and 10th place in the breakaway roping standings. The highlight of her year so far was splitting first at the Rocky Pro Rodeo.

Outside of the arena, Lakota works in accounting at the Cowboy Country Western Store.

Her sister, Logan Bird, is also at CFR ’49 in the tie-down roping event.

 

 

Kylie Whiteside – breakaway roping

Kylie Whiteside of Longview improved her ranking from 11th to ninth with a lone round win and fifth in the aggregate. 

Round 1 – Breakaway

Tied for sixth with 2.9 seconds 

11th in total season earnings with $12,138.83

Round 2 – Breakaway

Third with 2.5 seconds – $3,377.80

Third in the aggregate with 5.4 seconds in two runs

Ninth in total season earnings with $15,516.63

Round 3 – Breakaway

Ninth with 11.7 seconds

Fifth in the aggregate with 17.1 seconds in three runs – $2,533.30

Ninth in total season earnings with $18,049.93

About Kylie

The 23-year-old Longview cowgirl turned pro in 2016 and this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo is her second. This includes qualifying for ladies barrel racing in 2018 and 2022, and in breakaway roping from 2021 to 2023.

Kylie qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $12,138.83 and ninth place in the breakaway roping standings. Highlights of her year include winning the Sundre rodeo and making the short-round at Wainwright.

Outside of pro rodeo, Kylie is an equine dentist and horse trainer.

Her sister, Bradi Whiteside, is a CFR ’49 competitor in breakaway roping and barrel racing. Their dad, Travis Whiteside was the 1997 Canadian bareback champion.

 

Aerial view of the Cowley Lions Campground on the Castle River in southwestern Alberta

 

Hayden MacKay – junior steer riding

A solid final ride meant Hayden MacKay didn’t leave Canadian Finals Rodeo with empty pockets. His score of 79.5 was the top ride in the fourth and final round of junior steer riding, earning him $850 and bumping him to fifth spot for overall earnings.

Round 1

Bucked off

Round 2

Sixth with 66 points

Sixth in total season earnings with $4511.69

Round 3

SLAP

Sixth in total season earnings with $4511.69

Round 4

First with 79.5 – $850

Fifth in total season earnings with $5,361.69

About Hayden

Fifteen-year-old Hayden turned pro in 2022 and this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo is his first.

The Nanton teen qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $4,511.69 and sixth place in junior steer riding. Hayden won the Pincher Creek and Raymond rodeos along with the Koye Larsen Memorial. A highlight was two go-round wins at the Calgary Stampede, with a score of 80 in the second round.

This young cowboy enjoys riding and running, and can be found getting ready for the next event.

Hayden’s dad, Ian MacKay, and grandpa Stuart Derochie were bull riders, while his mom, Layne Derochie, and sister Luxxin MacKay are barrel racers.

 

 

Jenna Dallyn – breakaway roping

Unable to break into the top five, Jenna Dallyn leaves CFR ’49 with no winnings and a drop from second overall to sixth for the year.

Round 1 – Breakaway

Tied for sixth with 2.9 seconds 

Second in total season earnings with $20,314.18

Round 2 – Breakaway

Seventh with 3.2 seconds

Fourth in the aggregate with 6.1 seconds in two runs

Fourth in total season earnings with $20,314.18

Round 3 – Breakaway

No Time

Ninth in the aggregate with 6.1 seconds in two runs

Sixth in total season earnings with $20,314.18

About Jenna

Twenty-five-year-old Jenna Dallyn of Nanton turned pro in 2021 and this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo is her third (2021 to 2023).

She qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $20,314.18 and second place in the breakaway roping standings. Highlights of her year include winning co-champion at the Rimbey Rodeo and making the semi-finals at Cheyanne Frontier Days.

Outside of pro rodeo, Jenna works as an accountant and has a special interest in training horses.

Her dad, Rocky Dallyn, is a four-time Canadian champion heeler, while cousin Grady Quam is a two-time CFR qualifying header and uncle Jeff Quam is a multiple CFR heeling qualifier.

 

 

Pascal Isabelle – bareback

Pascal Isabelle drew out after the second round of Canadian Finals Rodeo. He finishes the season with total earnings of $20,250.94 and dropped from ninth to 11th place for total earnings when all was said and done at CFR.

Round 1

11th with 77.75 on Vold’s Mucho Dinero

Ninth in total season earnings with $20,250.94

Round 2

Ninth with 78.25 points on Calgary Stampede’s Shadow Ride

10th in total season earnings with $20,250.94

Rounds 3, 4, 5, 6 – DR

11th in total season earnings with $20,250.94

About Pascal

Pascal hails from Montreal but calls Nanton home. The 31-year-old turned pro in 2015 and is participating in his fourth CFR – 2016 and 2021 to 2023.

He qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $20,250.94 and 11th place in the standings. Pascal was champion of Medicine Hat’s indoor and outdoor rodeos, won the long round at Salinas Rodeo, and qualified for the NFR Open and Cloverdale short round.

Outside of pro rodeo, Pascal is an entrepreneur who loves connecting with nature and sports like skiing, swimming, hiking, biking and climbing.

His girlfriend Rachelle Riggers and his brother Eric Isabelle are also rodeo athletes.

 

 


 

Canadian Rodeo Champions crowned at CFR

Congratulations to the 2023 Canadian Champions!

Lynette Brodoway – Barrel Racing

Clint Laye – Bareback

Scott Guenthner – Steer Wrestling

Team Roping – Brady Tryan and Calgary Smith

Saddle Bronc – Zeke Thurston

Tie-down Roping – Haven Meged

Bull Riding – Edgar Duzao

Breakaway Roping – Shaya Biever

Steer Riding – Hayden Mulvey

Novice Bareback – Chase Siemens

Novice Saddle Bronc – Jaret Cooper

All-Around Cowboy – Logan Spady

All-Around Cowgirl – Brandi Whiteside

 

Go to rodeocanada.com for Canadian Finals Rodeo results. 

 

 

Cowboys Rhen Richard and Jeremy Buhler rope a brown calf.

Third round of CFR boasts record-setting performances

Southwestern Alberta’s rodeo athletes continue to show well at the halfway point of this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer.

Round-3 summary for all events can be found below the featured cowboys.

K’s Thomson – saddle bronc

An 84.75-point ride by K’s Thomson on Calgary Stampede’s Xena Warrior, landed him fifth in Round 3, behind Zeke Thurston, Logan Hay, Lucas Macza and Layton Green. After a clean round on Thursday, five saddle-bronc riders hit the dirt Friday night.

The Lundbreck cowboy sits third in the CFR aggregate, and 10th in total earnings for the year with $21,893.16.

Round 1

Fourth with 84.25 points on Big Stone’s Second Thoughts – $2,154.45

11th in total season earnings with $19,020.45

Round 2

Three-way tie for third with 84.75 points on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery – $1,915.17

Third in the aggregate with 169 points

11th in total season earnings with $20,935.62

Round 3

Fifth with 84.75 points on Outlaw Buckers’ Comeback Red – $957.53

Third in the aggregate with 253.75 points

10th in total season earnings with $21,893.16

About K’s

The 24-year-old from Lundbreck turned pro in 2021 and is participating in his third CFR – novice saddle bronc in 2019 and saddle bronc in 2021 and 2023.

He qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $16,966.11 and 11th place in the standings. K’s has recovered from a hip injury and tied for second at his hometown rodeo in Pincher Creek this year.

Outside of pro rodeo, he is a rancher and horse trainer with a special interest in training dogs. His parents, Kirk and Shandel, are former CFR competitors in saddle bronc and barrel racing. Uncles Kyle and Cody Thomson are also former bronc riders.

 

 

Logan Bird – tie-down roping

A time of 13.0 seconds kept Logan Bird out of the money for the second day in a row at CFR, but he remains fourth in the aggregate for tie-down roping.

Round 1

Fourth with 9.5 seconds – $2,154.45

Second in total season earnings with $36,775.45

Round 2

Eighth with 10.5 seconds

Fifth in the aggregate with 20 seconds for two calves

Second in total season earnings with $36,775.45

Round 3

Seventh with 13 seconds

Fourth in the aggregate with 33 seconds for three calves

Third in total season earnings with $36,775.45

About Logan

The 29-year-old from Nanton turned pro in 2013 and is participating in his eighth CFR – 2013, 2016 to 2019 and 2021 to 2023.

He qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $34,621 and second place in the standings. Logan won the Falkland, High River and Cranbrook rodeos this year.

Outside of pro rodeo, he is a horse trainer and a big sports fan. His sister, Lakota Bird, is a CFR contestant in breakaway roping.

 

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Ty Taypotat – bareback

An 87.25-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Disco Party was good enough for Ty Taypotat to take second place in the third round of CFR action on Friday night.

He is tied with Orin Larsen for third in the aggregate.

Round 1

Fifth with 83 points on Calgary Stampede’s Zulu Warrior– $957.53

Fourth in total season earnings with $29,510.53

Round 2

Third with 83.5 points on Duane Kesler Rodeo’s Payday – $4,548.28

Fourth in the aggregate with 166.5 points

Fourth in total season earnings with $34,059.04

Round 3

Second with 87.25 points on Calgary Stampede’s Disco Party – $6,9548.28

Tied for third in the aggregate with 253.75 points

Fifth in total season earnings with $41,001.16

About Ty

The 31-year-old from Nanton turned pro in 2011 and is participating in his 11th CFR – 2011, 2012, 2014 to 2019 and 2021 to 2023.

Ty qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $28,553.23 and fourth place in the standings. The highlight of his year was getting married.

Outside of pro rodeo, you can find Ty flipping houses with his wife and fixing up the old Cummins.

 

 

Pascal Isabelle – bareback

Pascal Isabelle drew after the second round of Canadian Finals Rodeo. He finishes the season with total earnings of $20,250.94 and is 10th in the standings as of now.

Round 1

11th with 77.75 on Vold’s Mucho Dinero

Ninth in total season earnings with $20,250.94

Round 2

Ninth with 78.25 points on Calgary Stampede’s Shadow Ride

10th in total season earnings with $20,250.94

Round 3 – DR

10th in total season earnings with $20,250.94

About Pascal

Pascal hails from Montreal but calls Nanton home. The 31-year-old turned pro in 2015 and is participating in his fourth CFR – 2016 and 2021 to 2023.

He qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $20,250.94 and 11th place in the standings. Pascal was champion of Medicine Hat’s indoor and outdoor rodeos, won the long round at Salinas Rodeo, and qualified for the NFR Open and Cloverdale short round.

Outside of pro rodeo, Pascal is an entrepreneur who loves connecting with nature and sports like skiing, swimming, hiking, biking and climbing.

His girlfriend Rachelle Riggers and his brother Eric Isabelle are also rodeo athletes.

 

 

Bradi Whiteside – ladies barrels and breakaway roping

With a run time of 14.29 seconds, a ninth-place finish Friday left Bradi out of the money in Round 3 and she dropped from second to fourth in the aggregate.

Round 1 – Barrels

Fourth with 13.88 seconds – $2,154.45

Seventh in total season earnings with $21,396.45

Round 2 – Barrels

Third with 13.98 seconds – $4,548.28

Second in the aggregate with 27.86 seconds in two runs

Seventh in total season earnings with $25,944.98

Round 3 – Barrels

Ninth with 14.29 seconds

Fourth in the aggregate with 42.15 seconds in three runs

Eighth in total season earnings with $36,775.45

About Bradi

The 21-year-old Longview cowgirl turned pro in 2017 and is participating in her fifth CFR. This includes qualifying for breakaway roping in 2022 and 2023, and in ladies barrel racing from 2021 to 2023.

Bradi qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $14,116 and sixth place in the breakaway roping standings, and $19,242 for seventh in barrels. A highlight of her year was qualifying for the Calgary Stampede in both of her events.

Outside of pro rodeo, Bradi keeps busy as a horse trainer.

Her sister, Kylie Whiteside, is a CFR ’49 competitor in breakaway roping and, like Bradi, is a barrel racer. Their dad, Travis Whiteside was the 1997 Canadian bareback champion.

 

 

Hayden MacKay – junior steer riding

The steers have been getting the better of Hayden MacKay as he has only one scoring ride after three rounds of junior steer riding at CFR.

After being bucked off Wednesday, Hayden MacKay of Nanton scored 66 points in his second-round ride the next night. With a slap in Round 3, he sits last among the group of six.

Round 1

Bucked off

Round 2

66 points

Sixth in total season earnings with $4511.69

Round 3

SLAP

Sixth in total season earnings with $4511.69

About Hayden

Fifteen-year-old Hayden turned pro in 2022 and this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo is his first.

The Nanton teen qualified for CFR with 2023 earnings of $4,511.69 and sixth place in junior steer riding. Hayden won the Pincher Creek and Raymond rodeos along with the Koye Larsen Memorial. A highlight was two go-round wins at the Calgary Stampede, with a score of 80 in the second round.

This young cowboy enjoys riding and running, and can be found getting ready for the next event.

Hayden’s dad, Ian MacKay, and grandpa Stuart Derochie were bull riders, while his mom, Layne Derochie, and sister Luxxin MacKay are barrel racers.

 


 

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Record-setting performances on CFR night 3

Canadian Finals Rodeo Round 3 Summary
Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

It was the greatest night of team roping in the history of the Canadian Finals Rodeo. The progression was this: one-tenth of a second off the record followed by ‘equals the record’ followed by two teams ‘breaking the record’.

The old mark of 3.7 seconds was first equalled by Tee McLeod and Brady Chappel, then quickly eclipsed by Brady Tryan and Calgary Smith, then Rhen Richard and Jeremy Buhler – clocking a pair of 3.5’s

NFR header Rhen Richard weighed in on the night’s success story.

“The average pays good here but it doesn’t pay good enough to not win in the rounds. I’m not saying I was backed in there trying to be 3.5 but I was going to take my first available shot. I got a really good start tonight for the first time … the steer was really good and made up fast. And that was kind of what made it work.”

While he was undeniably excited about the round win, World and Canadian Champion, Jeremy Buhler was clear.

“For me, I try to stay level either way. It’s dang sure a confidence boost to know that what you’ve been working on is the right thing. It’s honestly almost more of a relief after the last month when you’ve been working hard and paying attention to the process. To show up and execute validates your process and helps you have more confidence that your process is working.”

Oregon header and first-time CFR heeling qualifier Calgary Smith grinned.

“I’ve never been a three until tonight so I was excited. My whole family is here, even my grandma. And some of my high school buddies who came up for a couple of days to see me rope.”

“I made CFR five years ago,” Brady Tryan added. “I wanted to be here and have a chance to win this. I was 3.5 one other time, over a decade ago at the NFR. Anytime you’re a three, when you look at the clock, you’re shocked and you’re excited.”

Tonight’s effort, when added to a second place in Round 1 and a share of second in Round 2, have Tryan and Smith first overall with $49,482 and sitting second in the average.

Saskatchewan ropers Tee McLeod and Brady Chappel are only a couple of hundred dollars behind but lead the average, while Richard and Buhler are in fourth spot with $36,622 and third in the average.

Season leaders and defending Champions Dawson and Dillon Graham, who posted a no-time in Round 3, sit third but are out of the average at this point.

 

Clint Laye, a cowboy in dark hat and shirt, rides bareback

Clint Laye took the bareback win in Round 3 on Wayne Vold’s 73 True Grit.

 

 

Bareback rider Clint Laye earned his second straight CFR ’49 round win in spectacular style, with an impressive 88.75 ride on Wayne Vold’s 73 True Grit, a horse he’s long admired but never competed on.

“She’s been around a long time,” Laye observed. “Since about the time I started — and I’ve never gotten her. We’ve been in the same pen together, my travelling partners have had her, I’ve helped guys get on her but I’ve never drawn her. Everything I’ve ever heard about her is true. I’ve watched her so many times I kind of felt like I knew what to expect.”

With $60,852 in earnings, Laye leads his event and the average heading into Round 4.

But four Canadians, 2019 champ Orin Larsen, season leader Kody Lamb, travelling partner Dantan Bertsch and defending titlist Ty Taypotat sit within striking distance of the top spot with three performances to go.

On a night when hometown hero, Ashton Sahli thrilled the Red Deer faithful with an 88.5-point round-winning ride on the Vold bull, Wolf Bait, the race for the Canadian title continued to tighten.

Season leader Coy Robbins has gone zero for three as the Duane Kesler Championship Rodeo bull, 715 American Hats Chester, bucked off the Camrose cowboy and allowed those in pursuit to draw still closer.

2019 Champion Edgar Durazo is a man on the move as his fourth-place finish in Friday’s third round of competition keeps him on top in the aggregate race with its substantial payout, and pulls the Mexican-Canadian to within $5,300 of Robbins with Canadian champions Jared Parsonage and Jordan Hansen still within striking distance, and Sahli a slightly longer shot in fifth place.

 

 

After stunning an opening night Centrium crowd with a rare buckoff, only his second of the entire season, three-time Canadian and World Champion bronc rider Zeke Thurston is back in his customary spot at the top of the standings after the second of back-to-back wins, this one an 88.75 point effort on the back of the Calgary Stampede bronc, Y-38 Yesterday’s Delivery.

While the Big Valley superstar remains on the outside of an average payoff, he has a commanding $16,000 lead over second-place cowboy, Ben Andersen who was bucked off another Stampede bronc, T-77 Tokyo Bubbles Friday night.

Meanwhile Logan Hay continues to keep Thurston in his sights as he is now three for three and first in the lucrative average after his second-place 88.5-point ride on Calgary’s E-54 Exotic Warrior.

2019 World Champion tie-down roper, Haven Meged, took another step toward winning his first Canadian title as his 8.3-second run bested the field of 12 ropers, moved him to second spot in the average and kept him at the top of the standings.

Several ropers remain very much in the hunt for the elusive roping title that Meged narrowly missed in 2019, the same year he won the World Crown.

 

 

Six-time Canadian champion Cody Cassidy continued his climb up the steer wrestling leaderboard with an impressive 3.6-second winning run Friday to take over first place in the average and move to within $13,000 of leader and three-time titlist, Scott Guenthner, who broke a barrier on Friday night to drop back to third place in the average.

Veteran barrel racer and season leader, Lynette Brodoway remains in first place in the race for the champion’s buckle but it was the Texan, Carlee Rae Otero, who won the third round as she blistered a 13.53-second run on a five-year-old horse, KL Touch of Heaven (Dove).

Otero is fourth overall as rookie Blake Molle remains first in the average and trails Brodoway by just over $17,000.

Both Novice events wrapped up after three rounds of action that saw Jaret Cooper earn the Novice Bareback title and Chase Siemens take home the Novice Saddle Bronc award.

Brooks steer rider Hayden Mulvey marked 80 points for his second-straight round win and Rodeo Royalty played a big part in tonight’s performance when Miss Ponoka Stampede, Kaylee Shantz, was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada.

Go to rodeocanada.com for Canadian Finals Rodeo results. Check out www.cfrreddeer.ca/ for additional event details.

Nov. 4 is a big day with a matinee performance at noon and a 6 p.m. evening round.  If you cannot attend the event in person, sign up to follow the action on The Cowboy Channel.

 

 

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Heading for Farm Family of the Year Award nominees in the Pincher Creek Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence

Six nominated for Farm Family of the Year

Six families were nominated this year in the Farm Family of the Year category of the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence.

The category is open to a rancher, farmer, or agricultural producer who represents strong values and maintains a healthy environment with a positive approach to agriculture. The nominee can be a couple, an individual or a family with outstanding management skills and strong community spirit.

The 2023 Farm Family of the Year Award was presented to Flint Rock Ranch at the Awards of Excellence gala on Oct. 20.

Enjoy the nomination snippets provided by the Chamber of Commerce and read Flint Rock Ranch’s story here!

Brylor Ranch (Bryan and Sherry Mackenzie)

Bryan and Sherry are exceptional volunteers, and they have raised their children and mentored others to have a passion for volunteering in the community as well. Every year, they take on the huge task of organizing and running the 4-H concession at the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo. They raise award-winning Red Angus cattle and are incredible stewards of the land and environment.

Flint Rock Ranch  (Mitchell family)

Flint Rock Ranch is a new addition to a long-trusted name in cattle ranching in our community. Mitchell Bros. Beef raises exceptional-quality, 100 per cent grass-fed cattle, and now they have diversified to offer unique ranch stays in their Airstream RVs and cabins. They also host a variety of events that often feature locally grown musicians.

Hy Country Ranch (Paul, Tanya Whipple and family)

Paul and Tanya Whipple are a dedicated family who work hard together on their cattle ranch, and they are very conscientious of how they raise and treat their animals. Despite the many demands of running Hy Country Ranch, they take the time to volunteer with the skating club and coach the school basketball team. They are kind and helpful to so many people, and they quietly support our community in many ways.

Mark and Jessica Maunsell

Mark and Jessica are incredibly positive and supportive in both agriculture and the community. They contribute a great deal through participation and donations, and they involve their family in agriculture and own businesses to support the community.

Rafter 6S Cattle Co. (Brooke Slade, Donavan Barr and family)

Brooke and Donavan started from a few head of cattle, and they have worked hard to grow their herd and follow the best practices possible in order to produce high-quality local beef. They are a hard-working family and young ranchers in the community, and Donavan also works for the Town of Pincher Creek and does some custom farming in the area.

Turnbull Charolais (Curtis, Nanette Turnbull and family)

The Turnbull family has been supplying high-end bulls to Pincher Creek and the surrounding area for decades, and they deliver them to the customer no matter the distance. Curtis and Nanette have top-notch customer service and a quality product that has served the southern Alberta community for decades.

 

See all Awards of Excellence category winners here.

 

Wedding banquet view of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

Nicki Schoening, owner of C&D Floral, hides behind bouquets of Halloween flowers.

November 1, 2023 – Shootin’ the Breeze

Peekaboo! We can still see you!

In this week’s issue of Shootin’ the Breeze, we salute business. We asked Nicki Schoening, owner of C&D Floral, if we could take her picture. She said, “Sure, let me get some nice flowers. OK, I’m ready!” Check out what else is hiding in the pages of this week’s newspaper. | Photo by Dave Lueneberg

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Heading for Young Business Award nominees in the Pincher Creek Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence

Two nominated for Young Business award

Two young ladies, Mallory Nelson and Tanya Du Plesis, were nominated this year in the Young Business category of the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence.

The category is open to youth under 26 who exemplify leadership and unyielding determination to succeed as employees or business owners.

The 2023 Young Business Award was presented to Tanya Du Plessis at the Awards of Excellence gala on Oct. 20.

Enjoy the nomination snippets provided by the Chamber of Commerce and read Tanya’s story here!

Mallory Nelson – Baking for the Hut Café

Mallory’s baked goods are very tasty and they have great presentation. All of her selections are homemade and the flavours are unique. Mallory has the ability to adapt to various themes, and every time she puts her items on display they are sold out in no time. We see a successful young entrepreneur in Mallory.

Tanya Du Plessis – Tanya’s Lemonade

Tanya has the cutest little lemonade stand I’ve ever seen, and she has set a good example for our new generation. She started off a little shy, but she surpassed it, and she found the courage and put in the effort to make her lemonade stand inviting and creative. Tanya had a positive impact on our little town this summer.

See all category winners here.

 

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Two cars in head-on collision in falling snow

Nearly 300 weather-related accidents in Alberta

Monday brought with it a shift in the weather — rain, fog, snow and less-than-ideal driving conditions across much of the province.

Alberta RCMP reports that officers responded to over 277 weather-related collisions.

With this comes a reminder to be prepared before you hit the roads this winter.

  1. Get your vehicle ready for winter in the fall
  2. Pack an emergency kit
  3. Learn and practise winter driving techniques
  4. Check your route on Alberta 511 prior to departure
  5. Remove all snow from your vehicle before each trip
  6. Give yourself extra travel time in bad weather
  7. Travel with a fully-charged cell phone for emergency situations
  8. Slow down and wear your seatbelt

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Shootin’ the Breeze publisher Shannon Peace adds one more, reminding people to turn ON their headlights.

Visibility was poor Wednesday morning and, while travelling to work via Highway 507, she was amazed at the number of people without their lights turned on. Some had park lights, others had daytime running lights and some had none at all.

Daytime running lights do not illuminate tail lights unless the brake is engaged so having lights on makes you more visible.

This simple tip and the others listed above contribute to safer travels for all.

 

Pig roast at wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

 

 

Front page of Oct. 25, 2023 issue of Shootin' the Breeze. Jillanna Hammond, bundled in a pink jacket, orange ski pants and black toque, makes a snow angel in the fresh snow.

October 25, 2023 – Shootin’ the Breeze

Frolicking in fresh powder

Making the best of the dramatic change in weather, Jillanna Hammond geared up Tuesday for some fun in the snow. Southern Alberta weather never ceases to amaze. | Photo by Tayler Wolinski

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Canada Pension cheque with loonies on top of it.

Province seeking input on proposed APP

The provincial government is giving Albertans another way to weigh in on its idea to introduce a provincially based pension plan, but it will be done virtually, by phone.

Premier Danielle Smith, during a press conference last month, said Albertans would pay substantially less and receive higher benefits under a potential Alberta Pension Plan.

A recent government-commissioned report said the province would have $334 billion at its disposal if it were to take over payments and benefits currently handled by the Canada Pension Plan.

“Now that the LifeWorks report is out for discussion, our panel has been tasked with listening to Albertans and hearing their thoughts, views and concerns,” said Jim Dinning, who chairs the engagement panel, in an Oct. 12 government statement.

“For something this big, Albertans deserve the benefit of a rational, adult conversation.”

The provincial Opposition, meanwhile, doesn’t share the same opinion, calling the APP concept destructive and dangerous.

Shannon Phillips, NDP critic for finance, insurance and premiums, reiterated the party’s stance, questioning why there are no in-person town hall sessions planned.

“Danielle Smith is in hiding while trying to gamble away Albertans’ pensions,” Phillips said in a release Oct. 14. “The premier is afraid of Albertans.”

 

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The first of five “telephone town halls” took place on Monday, Oct. 16, for northern Albertans.

A second such event is set for southern Alberta residents, including the southwest, Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Three more sessions are scheduled in November for the Calgary region, Edmonton and area, and central Alberta.

Participation details are available online at albertapensionplan.ca/engagement.

The province had already established a web-based survey component. Respondents have until Dec. 10 to take the 10-minute survey, which can be found at bit.ly/45wj65M.

A panel report is due out in May of next year.

 

 

 

Fynn Mackintosh, a white teenaged male with short brown hair, runs a cross-country race. Cover photo of Oct. 18, 2023, issue of Shootin' the Breeze.

October 18, 2023 – Shootin’ the Breeze

Push it to the limit

Fynn Mackintosh of Matthew Halton High School pushes himself through the final stretch of the junior high juvenile boys 3K race during the southern Alberta zone cross-country championships. Fynn would go on to finish eighth, with a time of 12 minutes 51.131 seconds. | Photo by William Cockerell

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Top of yellow school bus

Be aware of school buses on the road

School buses are back on the road and drivers are reminded to be vigilant behind the wheel.

Driving this message home is a collision Tuesday, Sept. 26, between a pickup truck and a school bus in the Beaverlodge area of northern Alberta.

Fifteen students were on the bus and, by EMS assessment, there were no major injuries.

The truck driver and passenger were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the truck attempted to pass another vehicle and collided with the school bus.

Alberta RCMP reminds the public of the importance of respecting signage and traffic safety laws, as well as always being aware of school buses on the road. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Mustangs player, in dark blue, breaks free from other players with the footBALL

Shootin’ the Breeze – September 27, 2023

Mustangs break through

Pincher Creek Mustangs running back Jakob Klinec (15) tries to break a tackle by Lethbridge Bulldogs lineman Sawyer Kowa during third-quarter play Saturday at Matthew Halton field. The Mustangs (1-2) picked up their first win of the season, 34-6 over the Bulldogs. They’re on the road Sept. 30 to face the Lethbridge Coyotes.

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Entertainer Fred Penner high fives with a child in the audience at Pincher Creek's Lebel Mansion

Shootin’ the Breeze – August 23, 2023

Pincher Creek parties with Penner

They laughed, they sang, they danced and, most importantly, they had a good time. Children, parents and grandparents alike packed the rose garden lawn at Lebel Mansion last Wednesday for A Summer Night With Fred Penner. During the free concert, hosted by the Pincher Creek Allied Arts Council, four-time Juno Award winner Fred Penner performed a multitude of his timeless classics to an adoring crowd.  

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Shootin’ the Breeze – August 16, 2023

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Young Indigenous boy wearing a buffalo cap with horns and sitting on a white and brown pony with blue eyes.

Shootin’ the Breeze – August 9, 2023

Game face on!

Piikani Nation held its 64th annual powwow and celebration over the August long weekend, embracing Niitsitapii culture and Blackfoot heritage. The weekend’s events included traditional powwow dancing, warrior relay races, a youth rodeo, markets and more. Pictured is a Piikani youth warrior relay jockey, preparing himself for the race. Watch for more photos in next week’s issue.

Young Indigenous girl in glasses and cowboy hat and shirt reading Little Miss Sunshine rides a brown horse

Shootin’ the Breeze – July 26, 2023

Ready to Rodeo!

Little miss sunshine Allison Red Young Man grins ear to ear as she learns to ride horses with the Piikani Youth Rodeo Club. The club met every Monday and Wednesday in July to encourage kids to get on a horse. Decked out in sunflower western wear, this little cowgirl is ready to roll for the upcoming Piikani Youth Rodeo.